May 7, 2010

Malaysian Government failed to deliver Press Freedom


The press freedom index immediately drew criticism from Malaysian groups, which called on the government to free the press and bloggers. The repeated violations of the free flow of press and the bullies on bloggers are the main reasons for giving a low rating to countries like Malaysia.

The violations included arrests of bloggers and closure or difficulty in accessing news websites in our country. The increase in cases of online censorship is because the government has realized that the Internet can play a key role in the fight for democracy and they are establishing newmethods of censoring it. The government of repressive countries is now targeting bloggers and online journalists as forcefully as journalists in the traditional media.

The fall should be accepted as a wake-up call for the nation and the government. Th result shows how low the country has sunk after half a century in the press freedom. The harassment of web activists and cyber-dissidents - Raja Petra Kamarudin (malaysiaToday), Sheih (Kickdefella), Aduka Teruna, Namewee and several others also lead Malaysia to the worst performance.

Undeniably, the recently released new ranking of press freedom index of Malaysia worst than most of the African nations and South East Asia nations. In fact, more freedom of press and information will make this government to become more competitive, but poor Malaysian government failed to admit the fact and continuously put pressures on the presses and Medias.